Thrown into abyss of abuse

Thrown into abyss of abuse

The recruiting agency that sent 14-year-old Umme Kulsum to a Saudi employer, who tortured her to death, threw many others into similar pits of abuse.

Details of such incidents came to light on Thursday when Rab-3 raided the office of the recruiting agency, M/H Trade International, and arrested its owner Mokbul Hossain and his associate Parvez for activities which are offenses under the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act.

While dozens upon of dozens of women have returned to narrate horror stories of the ordeals they faced in the hands of their foreign employers, most of their recruiting agencies stay out of the purview of law. And nested under that umbrella of impunity, a recruiting agency can send countless women to work abroad under circumstances that can only be described as trafficking.

In 2018, M/H Trade International sent a 28-year-old woman from Dhalpur (T. Akhter) to the city of Ha’il in Saudi Arabia, to work as a household help……….

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